If You Were Me and Lived in Viking Europe: Review



If You Were Me and Lived in Viking Europe: Carole P. Roman


Hop in our time travel machine and join Carole P. Roman as she visits a Viking settlement in the year 890 AD. 

Learn what your name could be and the kind of food you might eat. Read about the different levels of society, how they affect where you would live, and the type of clothing you might wear.

Mateya Arkova's beautiful illustrations illustrate what Vikings ate and their children did for fun. 

If You Were Me and Lived in.. Viking Europe is an exciting trip that shows a colorful culture through the eyes of a child.



Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in... was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

My Review

Living in Northern Europe like the town of Norway over 1500 years ago was so amazing! As the hearty seafaring people went on expeditions, the people began to spread out and populate. The children will discover the Vikings, Scandinavians, and Norsemen. There are interesting word
origins to learn, along with classes of Viking families because family is so important to Norwegians. You can see ship illustrations, animal horns, a loom, and a bow and arrow within the well-paced storyline. I like the endnotes that tell of some important Vikings in History and the glossary is most useful, too. My favorite line: "You measured your age by the number of winters you lived through."

This book is filled with facts about the people and their culture. So much useful information for young people (late elementary-middle school) and adults, too.

I enjoyed the book and will share it with my 8-year-old grandson. We have a few friends that are Norwegian. I learned a lot from the author and enjoyed the soft pastel illustrations by Mateya Arkova. Such a wonderful engaging activity for the children to learn history!

5/5 stars! Highly recommend!

Special thanks to Carole P. Roman for sending me her book for review!

If You Were Me and Lived in Viking Europe

Happy Reading!





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